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No, Pakistan! Hafiz Saeed’s arrest is eyewash that is fooling no one

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22.07.2019

Throughout the 2000s, Pakistan crafted a standard operating procedure to keep stringing the Americans on the issue of terrorism.

Every time a high-level American delegation visited Pakistan, or a Pakistani delegation went to Washington, our neighbour would suddenly discover, arrest and hand-over a high-value Al Qaeda or Taliban terrorist to the US.

Act-on-terror charade

This was done even more blatantly and brazenly when the US started to notch up the pressure on Pakistan demanding that it ‘do more’ against the terrorists. Many US analysts saw through their ploy, but at the political level, there was inexplicable obtuseness to understand the games the Pakistanis were playing. Every such ‘gesture’ was actually seen or spun off as a sign of a new beginning by Pakistan to try and come clean on the terrorists it was harbouring.

This time, once again under enormous pressure, Pakistan has dusted and deployed the same playbook.

Hafiz Saeed's arrest does not seem to be having the desired effect on the US for Pakistan. (Photo: IANS)

On the eve of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s US visit, the country made a show of cracking down Jama’at-ud-Da’wah /Lashkar-e-Taiba chief on Hafiz Saeed. Saeed is an iconic figure in Pakistan’s most competitive export industry — terrorism. Initially, just a day before the US Independence Day, Pakistani authorities charged Saeed and........

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